Indiana basketball: Six takeaways from dominant win in Indianapolis

Indiana Hoosiers forward Race Thompson (25). Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Hoosiers forward Race Thompson (25). Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Indiana basketball traveled to their “second home” in Indianapolis and dominated Miami (OH) by 30 points behind Trayce Jackson-Davis’ double-double.

This was a trap game by definition. Meaning, the Hoosiers just came off an emotional win where they battled with Xavier on the road and traveled to Indianapolis to take on a less-than-impressive Miami (OH) team in Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

And in the first 10 minutes of the game, it started to look like one of those games we’ve seen in recent seasons

But, luckily, with the performance of Trayce Jackson-Davis, Jalen Hood-Schifino, and others stepping up, the Hoosiers were able to pull away and dominate the Redhawks. Indiana basketball has now won 10 of their last 12 neutral site non-conference games dating back to 2017-18.

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Here are my takeaways from the Hoosiers’ 30-point domination:

Six takeaways from Indiana basketball win vs. Miami (OH)

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Indiana Hoosiers head coach Mike Woodson. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

#6. How can Coach Woodson get all four freshmen on the floor together?

The freshman class that ranked 11th in the country for Mike Woodson all played minutes together in Sunday’s win against Miami (OH). Jalen Hood-Schifino, Malik Reneau, CJ Gunn, and Kaleb Banks played alongside Jordan Geronimo for at least 4-6 minutes in the contest.

And to say excited is an understatement.

The freshman class combined for 33 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals and hit four three-pointers on Sunday. Hood-Schifino and Reneau have been the only two freshmen that have played in each game this season and are getting significant minutes.

With the injury of Trey Galloway, CJ Gunn was getting early minutes and Kaleb Banks came in with six minutes remaining when the game was out of hand. Hopefully, in the next couple of games, Woodson can get these freshmen on the floor together more and more.